A look at area tracks as racing season gets in gear

On Motor Sports

March 01, 1998|By Stan Dillon | Stan Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The 1998 racing season got under way last weekend at Lincoln and Hagerstown speedways. In the next couple of weeks, the rest of the area tracks will begin their season. Here is a review of local drag strips and oval tracks where most of the Carroll County drivers compete:

Lincoln Speedway: Opened last Saturday and will have racing Saturdays through October. Race time is 2 p.m. until March 28, when it becomes 7: 30 p.m. The 3/8 -mile oval features sprint cars and thunder-cars with special events for the micro-sprints. The World of Outlaws visits in May and August. Off Route 30 near Hanover, Pa. Phone: (717) 624-2755.

Hagerstown Speedway: The half-mile track also opened last weekend. Racing every weekend through October with late models, sportsman, pure stocks and four-cylinder stocks. Hagerstown races Sunday afternoons through April 19, then switches to Saturday nights. Sunday afternoon shows resume in September. Special events include STARS and Hav-A-Tampa late models, World of Outlaws, U.S. Hot Rod Monster Truck Nationals and AMA Grand National Motorcycle races. Hagerstown also has a quarter-midget track, where youngsters race on Friday nights. Plays host to the Quarter-Midget Nationals on Labor Day. Phone: 301-582-0640.

Trail-Way Speedway: The Hanover (Pa.) oval is the area's most active, with racing twice on weekends. Season starts Saturday with a Junk Car Race. The AMA Short Track season for two- and four-wheel cycles will begin the following week. The micro-sprints will take to the 1/3 -mile oval on March 15. The micros will race Sunday afternoons until April 10, when racing moves to Friday nights, joining classic cars and thunder-cars. Trail-Way still has figure-eight races, which will alternate Saturdays with motorcycles. Phone: (717) 359-4310.

Williams Grove Speedway: Season opens today with super sprints. The half-mile oval in Mechanicsburg, Pa., will race Sunday afternoons and switch to Friday nights in April. Special events include World of Outlaws in May, July and September and STARS late models. Phone: (717) 697-5000.

Winchester (Va.) Speedway: Season opens March 28. The 3/8 -mile oval will then be in action Saturdays through September with late models, semi-lates, pure stocks and four-cylinder stocks. Phone: (540) 667-8143.

Potomac Speedway: This track, in Budds Creek, will open March 27 and race on Friday nights through September. The high-bank, 3/8 -mile oval features late models, semi-lates, pure stocks and four-cylinder stocks on Fridays with enduro stocks on Saturday nights. Special events include STARS late models. Phone: 301-884-4200.

75-80 Dragway: The Monrovia track attracts the most Carroll County drivers. Season opens March 15, with Sunday racing until Friday night racing starts May 8. Saturday night racing begins on April 11. Special Ford, Chevy and Mopar meets are conducted throughout the season. Phone: 301-865-5102.

Mason-Dixon Dragway: This Hagerstown track opens today and will have racing every weekend through November. Saturdays are test and tune days with special events including Street Nites for street bikes and cars, plus truck and tractor pulls. Several special events will be held. Phone: 301-791-5193.

Weekend results

Upperco's Jeff Shepard finished third in the super-sprint feature, and Manchester's Jesse Wentz was fifth, as racing opened on Feb. 21 at Lincoln Speedway.

At Hagerstown Speedway, Shepard finished seventh in the super-sprint feature and Woodbine's Cris Eash was 11th. In the late-model feature, Westminster's Gary Stuhler was second, Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer was fourth, and Upperco's Paul Crowl seventh after starting 17th.

During Speedweek in Florida, Matt Barnes of Westminster finished 20th at Daytona International Speedway in the Discount Auto Parts 200 for the Dash Series cars.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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